Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 21, 2012

Never Be Productive Again: The 20 Best New Browser Games – Not to disparage last year’s list of HTML 5 games, or the previous year’s list of 22 flash games, but we really think we’ve outdone ourselves this time. These are weapons-grade timewasters. So go ahead, read on—if you can afford to lose the rest of your afternoon.

Add push-to-talk to your Android with Voxer – Miss the days of walkie-talkies being useful because people weren’t so far apart? This app will bring that same functionality to your Android or iPhone.

‘Child porn’ scareware hits Canada – The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has issued a warning about scammers who claim that a user’s PC is associated with child porn, and demand money to fix the problem. Victims receive a pop-up message from a national authority such as the FBI or RCMP warning that their PC has a virus and is sending out child pornography. They’re told to pay a fee of £100 or more via Ukash, Moneypak or Paysafecard to ‘unlock’ their machine.

Cellphones built to see through walls – Researchers at UT Dallas have designed an imager chip that allows mobile phones to see through walls and other objects.

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How to use a VHD to dual-boot Windows 8 on a Windows 7 PC – Summary: I wanted to try Windows 8 on my new Ultrabook, but I didn’t want to mess up a perfectly good Windows 7 installation with a beta OS. And then it struck me: I can boot Windows 8 from a virtual hard disk. So can you, following these simple steps.

Diablo III Beta Open To Barbarians (And Everyone Else) This Weekend – Last night, Blizzard announced that the game would be free for all this weekend as part of a stress-testing open beta. – Your photo all over Facebook? Naked? Malware campaign spammed out – SophosLabs is intercepting a spammed-out malware campaign, pretending to be an email about a revealing photo posted online of the recipient. The emails, which have a variety of subject lines and message bodies, arrive with an attached ZIP file ( which contains a Trojan horse.

Fake “Steam Cracker” steals user credentials – The individuals behind the scheme offer simple instructions for installing the software: disable your antivirus software and firewall, then replace the original steam.exe file with the downloaded, cracked one. The malware employs keylogging.

Fraudulent calls target US banks, another look at caller ID spoofing – A recent report has shown a large increase in the number of fraudulent phone calls attempting to voice phish customers of US banks.

Analysis: Flashback Spread Via Social Engineering, Then Java Exploits – Kaspersky Lab‘s latest analysis of the Mac OS X Flashback botnet reveals that the botnet’s malware was spread via drive-by downloads on hacked WordPress web sites. From September 2011 until February 2012, the Flashback creators distributed the trojan through compromised WordPress sites that prompted users to download various iterations of a fake Adobe Flash Player update that was, in actuality, the Mac trojan.

Company News:

Oracle lawyers attempt to stress creative value of Java – Technical intricacies are important in Oracle’s legal battle against Google over intellectual property, but conveying a creative value resonate more with the jury.

Apple, Google, others fail to dismiss ‘poaching’ antitrust suit – A U.S. District Judge has rejected calls to dismiss an antitrust suit, after allegations were made that Apple, Google, and others colluded not to ‘poach’ each others’ employees.

Verizon Combines 4G LTE, Private IP Network Services – Available in both managed and unmanaged options, the Private IP Wireless (LTE) offering can extend corporate applications to mobile workforces.

AMD Starts Shipping Trinity And Brazos 2.0 APUs To Manufacturers – After the company’s Radeon 7000 series beat Nvidia to market by quite a few months, it’s now beaten Intel to the CPU punch, too. With Ivy Bridge’s expected launch staring us square in the face, AMD has announced that its Trinity and Brazos 2.0 APUs have begun shipping out.

Webopedia Daily:

Diskless Workstation – A diskless workstation or PC on a local-area network (LAN) is a computer system that does not have its own disk. Instead, it stores files on a network file server. This type of system uses network booting to load the operating system, but it does contain its own main components including the CPU, RAM, video, sound and network adapter (see “workstation” for a description of common components).

Off Topic (Sort of):

In China, plagiarization is an established business model – Summary: Copying business ideas from both foreign and domestic firms has been standard operating procedure for Chinese Internet companies. But these borrowing practices could be losing their momentum.

Anonymous claims Pastebin censorship, creates alternative – The hacktivist group Anonymous has gotten so pissed off at Pastebin and its “censorship” plans that it has created its own alternative: AnonPaste. It’s currently in alpha though, so don’t expect much.

Linus Torvalds wins the Millennium Technology Prize – Linux Creator’s Linus Torvalds is one of two laureates for the Millennium Technology Prize. This award is close as technology has to a Nobel Prize.

Today’s Quote:

Love thy neighbour as yourself, but choose your neighbourhood.”

–    Louise Beal

Today’s Free Downloads:

AppRemover – AppRemover is a software application which enables you to uninstall security applications such as antivirus and antispyware from your computer. It completely removes applications and extraneous files left behind.

NirLauncher – NirLauncher is a package of more than 100 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.



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4 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – April 21, 2012

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  2. Hi Bill

    re: your “Cellphones built to see through walls” link ~ here’s an article on terahertz waves

    It would be interesting to know how much energy is required to drive a small,useful portable terahertz device. If the idea is to use the return signal to image something hidden behind a wall or in packaging that would require a big chunk of computer processing I think. Intuitively it seems better to have at least two emitters & a number of detectors [like crystallography & like how geologists do subsoil soundings]

    All in all this doesn’t fit a single mobile device in the near future. I also don’t think it’s likely to damage DNA as the wavelength is too long ~ heat damage to the flesh is possible or to the brain if one was dumb enough to point it that way. I can’t see it being available on a mobile device to the public for that reason. Bet it would drain a normal battery quick ~ just a guess

    Some company is probably scamming big bucks from DARPA or FEMA or TSA on this by now though…

    • Hi Michael,

      Must admit that this is slightly above my pay grade. But, the concept is hardly surprising. Capturing previously “uncapturable” wavelenghts seems to me to be a natural progression of existing technologies.

      Evolutionists amongst us, are well aware that some astonishing capabilities exist in the animal kingdom (at even the lowest levels), which allow for the capture of energy far above the capacity of humans to do so. Could be that we’re just catching up. 🙂